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    Tires for the Front Range

    What tires are you guys using for trails like Apex, Mathew Winters or White Ranch? What about higher up in Summit County, etc...do you change?

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    Every trail requires a different tire combination. Carry three or four different front and rear tires so you can also match for current conditions. (Wet, dry, etc).
    Last edited by zrm; 05-01-2010 at 08:57 AM.

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    Really? I suppose there hasn't been a tire thread in a few weeks.

    Ok...I bet I've used 10 different tires in the Front Range. Its personal preference; but what I do like is tubeless. Lower pressure=better grip.
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    I'm an intermediate rider so I'm probably only looking for a good all round tire (or two)...I currently have Kenda Small Block 8 tires...are those going to suck on most dry rocky Front Range trails? Thanks for the help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ithnu
    Its personal preference; but what I do like is tubeless. Lower pressure=better grip.
    +1
    I had to change a tube the other day, fuggin barbaric

    However-
    Dislike the tire rolling over on hard corners.
    I wish they made something that you can carry with you to change pressure during a ride
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tucker
    I'm an intermediate rider so I'm probably only looking for a good all round tire (or two)...I currently have Kenda Small Block 8 tires...are those going to suck on most dry rocky Front Range trails? Thanks for the help.
    They'll be fine on any hardpack dry trail which is what the majority of front range rides have as the primary surface. The exception will be some of the best trails around are decomposed granite and you need something more "luggy" to dig through the loose stuff to hopefully find the solid ground below. I like the Kenda Blue Grooves as a tire that seems to work well acceptably everywhere here year round and yes, run tubeless (with some Stan's sealant) for even better grip.

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    many thanks

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    It's a poor rider that blames his tires...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tucker
    I'm an intermediate rider so I'm probably only looking for a good all round tire (or two)...I currently have Kenda Small Block 8 tires...are those going to suck on most dry rocky Front Range trails? Thanks for the help.
    I have the small blocks on my single speed. I suck at single speeding so far, so all I've ridden it on is S table and Green Mountain. In both cases, it does ok as long as its dry. For the trails that you mention, I'd want a more agressive tread - especially up front. You could leave it as a back tire.

    I like Specialized tubeless tires. The Escar 2.3 is a good tire.

    Over the last 5 years I've gone from 2.0 tires to save weight to 2.3 tires to save my ass, now considering a 2.4 up front. Tubeless is definetly the way to go.

    Edit: Trail King 2.2 looks like a good bet up front. 2.4 if you don't mind the weight.
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    Try black ones with tread. If those don't work, try a different set.

    Seriously, its personal choice. Start with one of the above mentioned tires and if you don't like them, change. I'm a Minion DHF fan, but its not for everyone.
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    Well spoken!
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    Or, Spoken well....it's a Zen thing.
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    Before you bastards can steal my idea for the fourth time in a month:

    No one uses tires on the front range. We only ride bare rims.

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    What ever tire you use, you have to seal them with the tears of orphans. It's the only way.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jasonvelocity
    What ever tire you use, you have to seal them with the tears of orphan kittens. It's the only way.
    Fixed They are really cute kittens too.*

    *If kittens are not available select breeds of puppies can be used but are not recommended in Kenda or Schwalbe tires.
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    Yeah, I heard orphan puppy tears will slowly degrade the Stick-E compound. If that happens, your tire will only work on the Western Slope.
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